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Monsoon flooding, mudslides kill 11 in India, maroon thousands

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    A flood-affected man carries milk containers on a banana raft as members of India's National Disaster Response Force ride an inflatable boat to ferry flood to affected people in Gauhati, India.

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    An Indian woman wades through the floodwaters in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 27, 2014. Several people were killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s northeastern state of Assam, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

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A flood-affected man carries milk containers on a banana raft as members of India's National Disaster Response Force ride an inflatable boat to ferry flood to affected people in Gauhati, India.

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GAUHATI, India — Authorities are rushing food and drinking water to thousands of people marooned by monsoon rains and mudslides that have left at least 11 dead in India’s remote northeast.

Magistrate Chinmoy Phukan says nearly 2.3 inches of rain on Thursday night badly flooded Assam state.

Residents waded through waist- and knee-deep water in several parts of the state capital, Gauhati.

Loose patches of earth rolled down the hills around Gauhati as a light rain continued today.

India’s Meteorological Department says a vigorous monsoon hit the northeast, while other parts of the country are experiencing 30 to 40 percent deficiency in rainfall in June. India’s monsoon season lasts from June to the end of September.

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